Aidan at Beach

Aidan at Beach

Friday, July 31, 2009

Four Days Since Exposed-No Symptoms!

Well, we could be dodging this one, too. (pray, pray, pray; hope, hope, hope; cross my fingers!)

According to the CDC site, the incubation period for Swine Flu is about 1-4 days. It can be up to 7 days for young children. So, today is day four. Monday will be day seven. Obviously, I'll feel better once we get past Monday with no symptoms. I'll feel like we dodged it this time around. The thing is, apparantly young children can be contagious a day before the symptoms appear. So, perhaps today is day 5?!?! Hope so.

Anyway, no offense to Grandma and Grandpa, but we're not going to bring Aidan around them until Tuesday. Although he is continuing to go to Preschool and we will get to church this Sunday (finally), I just can't risk possible exposure to them!

So, say a pray with me that we'll stay symptom free through Monday!

Oh, and Aidan is showing signs of learning how to read, already. During breakfast he "read" Go Dog Go to me. I think he knows about 90% of it by heart! I was loving having him "read" it to me, too! My first book was Green Eggs and Ham, so this seems really appropriate to me!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jumping into the Deep End of the Pool

Week two of our new school and things are going really really good. . .even with a couple of BIG ISSUES. Aidan is no longer crying when I drop him off and is really loving his structured time. He is playing with the children really well, is very attentive and helpful, and is super polite. Our training was taking even though I didn't think it was! And, as an added bonus, he has been soooo good in the evenings! He is eating his dinner, is polite, helpful and his whiny times are limited to a minute or two--hardly any timeouts this week. It's really great!

So, about those issues:

Week one is was the Lice. No big deal. No sign of them on our boy! Of course. ; )

Week two, and this is a biggie, Swine Flu. Yes, that's right, Swine Flu. There has been one confirmed case, as of yesterday, at the school. And, to make it even more fun, the child is in Aidan's class!

The best defense is a good offense: Wash our hands allllllll the time!

We didn't think we had to worry about flu of any kind until fall. That's a little worrisome. But, to be philosophical about it, we'll hope for the best; be prepared for the worst; if Aidan gets the Swine flu, then we will have that immunity built up; if Aidan doesn't get it, then we'll get the vaccine this fall.

Nothing like jumping into the deep end of the pool!

Friday, July 24, 2009

My smart little Dudely!!

When we received the referral for Aidan, we contacted an International Adoption doctor in Fairfax to review the pictures and medical records--Standard practice in International Adoptions. He didn't find anything overtly a problem, medically speaking. But, for some reason, he added that Aidan would probably have difficulties in school and that he would not go to Harvard. I hadn't even met Aidan yet, but my back went up and my internal response was "Well we really wanted him to go to UVA!! So, that won't be a problem!"

I have gotten over that. Really. : )

Fast forward to last night: Aidan was getting out of the bathtub and we heard heavy rain start. I said to Aidan, " Look, Aidan, it's pouring! Now we don't have to water the trees!" Aidan replied, with a worried look on his face, "Is is stormin' Mama?" He hates thunder and lightening, so I said, "No. It's just a Tropical deluge." And Aidan said, "Oh. Like a Rain Forest?"

My jaw dropped to the floor. Where did he learn that??? I grabbed him up in a huge hug and said yes!!!! What a smart little Dudely!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New school, new experiences




Aidan started preschool on Monday. So far, so good! He didn't cry when I dropped him off on Monday--I did stay with him for about 15 minutes or so to make sure he felt comfortable--but he started to cry a little on Tuesday, and then Wednesday he really cried. It bothers me, but I know he's okay. He cried a little at nap time on Monday and Tuesday, but not at all on Wednesday.

Aside from the crying, I know he is having a good time there and is already learning some new, and good, things. About 95% of his day is now structured. There are about 14 total children in his class with 3 caretakers--pretty good, I think! And, at the end of each day I get a "report card" telling me what he ate, when he slept, his demeanor, things he liked, what he did, and even when he went to the potty! I'm loving that!

Two additional side benefits of this change is that he is eating all of his breakfast and dinner now! On Monday, it was like pulling teeth as usual at breakfast, but by Wednesday, he scarfed down his food. . .he no longer gets a second breakfast at Daycare! And, because his afternoon snack happens at 3:00 instead of 4:30, he is ready for dinner between 5:00 and 5:30! I really like that. . .

And, he's been ready for bed much earlier. Monday was a little rough--we had been staying up very late at the beach--but he was ready at 8:00 on Tuesday. I think he was ready that early on Wednesday, too, but we had to do some additional laundry. . .

About that additional laundry--Apparantly, a couple of children and a teacher at the center were discovered to have lice. Yikes!! Day 3 in our new place and already a VERY BIG issue!! But, they weren't in Aidan's class and, in fact, don't have anything to do with his class. . .whew!! But, everything had to come home and be washed. So, we had additional laundry to do and, thus, we didn't get to bed until 9:00. Could have been worse!

On September 8th, Aidan will transition into the 3 year old class (they move them all at the same time, just like they will do it when they start school). At that time, his time will be structured a little different into more learning time. I can't wait to see how he likes that!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's Good to be Home!

We had a great time at the beach. We had perfect weather, after that one day of rain, and just really had a blast. The last day got a bit windy again and we were all getting tired, but we really had a great time.

Aidan came home with only a little bit of a tan and several freckles sprinkled across his cheeks and nose, but we were successful in avoiding any kind of burn. The biggest issues seemed to be the rubbing of his eyes when he got tired (his hands were constantly sandy!) and a little bit of chaffing. . .keeping his hands clean of sand helped with one issue and a little dab of vaseline before putting on the bathing suit helped with the other. But, he was still happy to see his home and his dogs yesterday!

Yesterday was a very long day. We left Emerald Isle at about 8:30 or a 8:45 and, after a quick stop for breakfast in Cape Carteret, we didn't really stop again until lunch time in Roanoke Rapids. . .that was a little after noon. We did make a couple of potty breaks, though. Aidan was cranky and wound up and just didn't want to sit still--but, then again, who does want to sit still for so long????

Still, he did pretty well, until we were about 15 miles from home, which is when he decided to get carsick! He hasn't done that for a long time. . .I think it was that he hadn't really eaten very well all day, aside from the candy we kept giving him to try and keep him quiet (note to self: this does NOT work!) and about two bites of mac and cheese at lunch. It wasn't a bad episode of car sickness, but I felt bad for him, nonetheless.

Anyway, we didn't get home until after 5:00. We were going to head over to Grandma and Grandpa's for dinner and pick up the dogs, but we just couldn't fathom putting Aidan back in the carseat and trying to eat with him as wound up as he was. So, we unloaded the car; let Aidan run around; Nana and I put some things away and, after Daddy got back with the dogs, ordered pizza and chinese!

We were so exhausted! Aidan could barely stay awake to eat (in fact, he fell asleep while I was reading to him!). . .and then we found out how lucky we were! My sister called, while were eating, to say that they were still in Charlotte! They were supposed to beat us home to Chicago! Their flight out of Jacksonville was delayed and then they missed the connector in Charlotte and so it was likely close to midnight last night when they got home. I'll take the little episode of carsickness, thank you!!!

Today will be busy. . .we need to have Nana to the airport by 10:30 am; laundry needs to be finished (I started that last night); Pat needs to re-pack and he will then head back to Kitty Hawk for his second week of work down there; and I will need to get Aidan's backpack and extra clothes ready for Preschool-which starts tomorrow! I was going to try fitting in church, which I haven't been to for a couple of weeks due to all this beach stuff, but I don't think that's going to happen! Next week.

I'll be downloading pictures later today and will post some then. In the meantime, it's good to be home.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

44 steps. . .

That's how many steps from the house to the beach. We're loving it! Perfect day!

And here's my baby boy, loving life, as usual!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rainy Day at the Beach

We're into Day 2 at the Beach and it is raining. . .a lot!!! It was gorgeous yesterday. . .a little windy. . .and the wind picked up to near gale force by evening. . .but it was a lot of fun, nonetheless. Sometime after midnight we awoke to the sound of rain and Aidan crawled into bed with us. The rain picked up and was pretty intense. The lightening started by 3:00 am and has been off an on all day.

So, off to the Aquarium in Atlantic Beach and the Ship Museum in Beaufort. But first, a little Madagascar and popcorn!

Here are the kids at the restaurant right after we arrived: Aidan with his cousins Kendall and Tyler!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 233rd Birthday America!

Well, our mini-vacation is drawing to a close. But, we still have fun and excitement before we head home tomorrow. Tonight, as you are all aware, we will celebrate our Nations 233rd Anniversary of Independence from British rule.

Our plans are pretty simple this year:

We will head out for a nice seafood dinner--Blue crab stuffed in flounder or shrimp with sides of hush puppies and cole slaw and something cold and frosty to drink. Then we'll head back to the hotel to pack our bags with sweaters and socks and scarlet leaves of gold and a frog, who is a particular friend and then head out to the beach, avoiding the tide that could wash us out to sea, and watch the fireworks from our beach chairs in the sand. What fun!

This trip has been great as a trial run for our big vacation that starts one week from today! We will head back to the beach for a full week and we know now what we really need, and what we don't, and how to plan our days (around a much needed nap in the afternoon!).

And, before we go, Mommy is going to get a new Blackberry. . .it didn't make it. sigh. Fortunately, all of the pictures from Kras and Moscow had already been downloaded, if not deleted. I'll make new memories. . . and I'm sure it was really time to move on. . .but I am sure going to miss being able to pull out my Blackberry and see my little dudely as he was, is and will be! Yes, I will get another Blackberry. I have taken loads of pictures this weekend, but you all have to wait to see them! If my Blackberry had made it, I could post pictures whenever and from any computer. . .sigh, again. . .

But, anyway! Happy Independence Day you all! Here's to another 233 years!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina By A. J. Harrison

Mama and I arrived safely in Kitty Hawk. We've been here since 6:00 pm this evening and already we have:
* turned our little nose up at North Carolina BBQ (Daddy was shocked!)
* gotten covered in sand when we got knocked down by a wave
* called home to tell Grandpa we arrived safely
* laughed at mama when the wave got her pants wet
* Laughed with Daddy when mama dropped her Blackberry in the water ( I think it will be okay when it dries out.)
* cried when it was time to go in for a bath

And it's only 8:20 on our first night! We're going to have fun. . .

We're right by a pier where the fireworks should be set off! How cool will this Independence Day be? : )